Mysore style practice is the
self-paced, traditional forum and cornerstone for studying Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
We offer it as we were taught by Sri. K Pattabhi Jois and Richard Freeman. No experience with the series is necessary and beginning students are always welcome.
Our approach to the practice is inviting and personalized. Please read below for Matt’s particular approach to the practice. Practitioners arrive anytime during the class period and practice for as little or as long as they like, but are encouraged to build endurance so that a one to two hour sequence becomes routine. The teacher moves around the room and practitioners are supported by the teacher individually. Beginners and those with a therapeutic self-practice welcome. If you are a new student, please check in with the teacher upon arrival.
MEET YOUR TEACHER : MATT CHAMPOUX
Matt has been teaching Ashtanga since 2005 (in both led and Mysore-style settings). He took his first class with Richard Freeman at the age of 14, and since has been a devoted student of Ashtanga practicing daily with gratitude under the close watch of his root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. He has also been greatly influenced by Dr. Robert Thurman, Dan Michael, Wendy Bramlett, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Cindy Lusk, Ramanand Patel, Gabriella Giubilaro, Rodney Yee, John Friend, and Francisco Kaiut. After 12 years of study in Boulder, Colorado, 500 hours of teacher training, and completion of the Third Series with Richard and Mary, Matt moved to San Francisco to teach the Ashtanga method as Director of the Mysore program at The Mindful Body. He also teaches in The Mindful Body 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Learn more about Matt online at Mattchampouxashtanga.com.
From Matt Champoux : Yoga Is For Everyone – my approach to the practice.
I encourage the use of props and modifications to support all levels of practitioners but also promote non-dependency on props. I support students to experience the internal forms of the postures as a way of directing then towards the correct and organic external form of the pose. Therefore, I teach Ashtanga in the method of my root teachers, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor. I work with students one-on-one, at a pace that is appropriate to you. The pace of class is catered to your needs and your growth as a practitioner is as much a dialogue as it is a direct transmission of knowledge and method. My spacious approach to the practice respects lineage and yet employs the cutting-edge dimensions of postural inquiry (props and application of physiological knowledge) to support your evolution as a practitioner. Students in our shala range in age from early 20s-mid 60s. Ashtanga is for everyone, except lazy people. All you have to do is be at the studio by 7am and you’ll be receiving all the benefits of a private yoga lesson at a drop-in price.
For absolute beginners : If you are completely new to the practice your first day will involve a private consultation and review of Ashtanga fundamentals followed by a short practice, which I will support you to complete. The rest will come in time. Curious? Email me with more questions OR JUST COME TO MYSORE AND JUMP IN with the intention of checking it out for at least a few weeks to get a sense for things.
MEET YOUR SUNDAY TEACHER : CLAIRE LAVERY
Claire began studying Ashtanga in 1991 and teaching in 2001. She is attracted to the graceful rhythm of the practice and its power to align the physical with more intangible experiences. Her practice and her teaching include continuing inquiry into alignment, pranayama, sound and meditation. She uses adjustments and adaptive poses often to deepen each student’s practice. Claire has worked with disabled students under the leadership of Saraswathi Devi since 2003, and is a Yoga Therapist registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapy. She wishes to thank all her yoga teachers and acknowledge the significant influence of her teachers Leigha Nicole, Devorah Sacks, Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, and Pattabhi Jois.
Claire Lavery outside of the classroom : She loves swimming – especially in the ocean even in winter – and playing classical flute, but not at the same time.
Regular Mysore Schedule
Monday through Thursday 6 to 9am | Mysore Practice Led by Matt Champoux
Teacher arrives to adjust at 7am and chants mantram at 7:25am.
Fridays 7 – 8:30am | Led Ashtanga Primary Series Led by Matt Champoux
A guided half primary or primary series class. All students practice together at the same pace.
Sundays 7:30 to 10:00am | Mysore Practice Led by Claire Lavery
Claire arrives to adjust and chant mantram at 8:00am.
Important to Know :
New to Mysore? Please arrive after 7am Monday through Thursday and after 8am on Sunday when the teacher is present.
Traditionally, Mysore-style Ashtanga is not practiced on full and new moons, which are considered inauspicious days on which to engage in strenuous practice.
Adjunct Faculty: Claire Lavery and Leigha Nicole regularly sub for Mysore program
2018 Mysore Moon Days
At The Mindful Body, we observe the full and new moon days as rest days, where no formal practice is offered. Practitioners are encouraged to use this time for reflection and study.
*We will still hold Friday Led Ashtanga, when it falls on a Moon Day.
|January||Tuesday 16th||Monday 1st, Wednesday 31st|
|March||Saturday 17th||Thursday 1st, Saturday 31st|
|April||Sunday 15th||Sunday 29th|
|May||Monday 14th||Tuesday 29th|
|June||Wednesday 13th||Wednesday 27th|
|July||Thursday 12th||Friday 27th *Led class still held|
|August||Friday 10th *Led class still held||Saturday 25th|
|September||Sunday 9th||Monday 24th|
|October||Monday 8th||Wednesday 24th|
|November||Wednesday 7th||Thursday 22nd|
|December||Thursday 6th||Saturday 22nd|
THE MINDFUL BODY
2876 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115